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Carroll Shelby Dead at 89

Among auto legends he was one tall Texan.

by on May.14, 2012

Carroll Shelby with the Mustang that bears his name.

Slow was not part of his vocabulary.  Carroll Shelby operated at one of three speeds: fast, faster, fastest, and even a serious heart ailment failed to keep him down for very long.

The legendary automotive racer and raconteur passed away over the weekend after a lingering illness but, at 89, the tall Texan in the black hat lived far longer than he ever expected to — after getting a new heart and a variety of other transplants occasionally comparing himself to a battered old car.

Though he was many things in his nine decades – from winning racer to pilot to chicken farmer – the son of a Texas mailman was likely best known for lending his name to some of the fastest “pony” cars ever built, transforming the Ford Mustang into an icon of American muscle.

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“Shelby” Opens Las Vegas Speed Shop

Brand extension of the name of a legendary racer.

by on Aug.27, 2010

"We can install headers, cams, heads, cold air intakes, superchargers..."

Shelby American Inc. has opened a new Speed Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dubbed the Shelby American Motorsports Speed Shop, the facility is on the grounds of Shelby American headquarters and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In a statement, the company said the shop was designed to enhance the performance and styling of a street or track car by upgrading engine, suspension and body styling components.

“While we specialize in all American high performance cars, our experienced team can tune and work on just about everything,” said John Luft, president of Shelby.

Notably absent from the promotional piece was any quote from Carroll Shelby, who after a long and distinguished career has licensed his name to a variety of businesses including Shelby American (www.shelbyamerican.com),which manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products under his name.

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